Go Mi Nyeo is a young nun in training who is looking forward to her upcoming trip to Rome, where she will officially join the Church. It seems that fate has other plans, however, and Mi Nyeo receives news that her twin brother Mi Nam has finally achieved his lifelong dream of becoming a famous singer in the idol pop group A. N. Jell, with mega superstars Jeremy, Sin U, and Tae Gyeong. Unfortunately, as her brother's manager informs her, Mi Nam is unable to debut because he needs time to recover from an 'accident'. He makes a request of Mi Nyeo that will change her life: that she pose as her brother. Not only does 'Go Mi Nam' struggle to hide her true identity from everyone, including her all too perceptive band mates, she has to learn how to handle the life of a pop idol -- which, as she soon learns, isn't all it's cracked up to be.
Many years ago I began to watch this series and after one episode only I gave up. The acting, the script and even the soundtrack were unacceptable to me. They were of a very low and poor quality; a quality I was unable to overlook. Years later I was notified by a user that she was hurt by my words. She claimed that by watching only one episode I have not seen the greatness of this show and I shouldn't make assumptions about the quality of it therefore. Fair enough, I said. I'll complete this show.
And guess what? Now I can say much more firmly than before: this is one of the worst things I ever watched. I don't think there will be a show that will make me hate Korean dramas more than this one does. Thank you random user; from now on I'll recommend this to the people I dislike so they will enjoy the suffering.
So what did I hate about this show so much and why do I deeply despite everything that has anything to do with it?
First of all, as I mentioned above, the acting is hideous. None of the actors in this show performed anything that was even barely plausible to call acting. Park Sin Hye was an awful leading actress and her body language, facial expressions, voice and everything about the way she performed her character looked awful. In fact, since I've seen her perform before, I know that she always does the same mistakes in her acting and doesn't get anywhere near “better”. Same applies to Jang Geun Seok. Both are considered rather popular due to their good looks and in Park Sin Hye's case, her “cuteness”. In my own personal opinion those two and acting shouldn't be put in the same sentence (and oh, the world would have been such a better place if everyone had this opinion as well). So please, being cute or pretty doesn't make you an actor and there should be absolutely no place for people like that, who have no talent whatsoever, in this industry.
I could write a book about every actor and how bad they performed their role in this series so I'll just sum up and say that I have absolutely nothing good to say about any of the performances from UEE to Bae Geu Rin or even Lee Hong Gi and let's not forget Jeong Yong Hwa. If I have to pick one person who I at least could stand in this series, it was probably Jang Won Yeong and his not-so-bad performance as an annoying paparazzi. He was the only one with some colour in his lines. It just points out how low the quality of the acting here was.
Now let's move to the script, which was one of the most plain, boring and silly things I have ever encountered. So many sentences are so unrealistic, so alien and so unhuman-like it's very hard to associate yourself with it. I don't ask for romance to be realistic, I even find romantic comics, although very cliché, very cute at the same time, but I also firmly believe that spoken words shouldn't sound written. The one thing that can be said in defense of the actor is that the script was so bad that even good actors wouldn't have been able to read it out in a natural manner. It was very very silly and the setting was very silly. It was not even cliché because cliché has its own nice sides but this discovers the new lands of something that crosses cliché and becomes unbearable to watch.
The storyline had all the elements that should be in a Korean drama – romantic intrigue, romantic rivals, greedy aunt, family intrigues, lies etc. This was so extremely filled with everything cliché you've ever heard of Korean dramas that you just feel like there is way too much in one place. Someone should have died and it would have been perfect. And then returned back to life (because this person didn't really die)... and the main should have had more issues picking her boyfriend. But in all seriousness, it was so filled with everything bad I ever heard about Korean drama in one grand piece that I feel like I don't have to watch Korean dramas any more because I've seen it all now.
And the ending of this thing... just don't get me started.
Let's sum up with a couple of words from my previous review (that I had to rewrite, thanks about that btw!). I just can't leave them out. They are so true, those favourite bits of mine: “If Park Sin Hye can act than cats can travel to the Moon, Neptune and Heaven in less than the time that it takes to the light to get from the sun to earth […] Where is the amazing directing and screenplay I was waiting for? Where is the good soundtrack? […] This is an insult to my intelligence”.
Now you can hate me and my review but the one thing you can't say is that I didn't watch it and have my prejudice talking. Oh no – now you can just hate me. Enjoy. I don't recommend the drama to anybody ever.
I’ve started off the year with a K-drama month and decided to write a review for the latest one I watched. You’re Beautiful is one of the most famous K-dramas of 2009 and personally I was very impressed as well. It’s still only the third K-drama I’ve watched (after Boys over Flowers and Full House) and although I love all three of them, I can safely say this one will hold a special place in my heart.
You’re Beautiful tells the story of a fictitious Korean boyband called A.N.JELL. They are quite likely the most popular group among young people in South Korea, and are slowly making a name for themselves in other countries as well. Initially A.N.JELL consists of drummer Jeremy, bassist Kang Shin Woo and vocalist/leader Hwang Tae Kyung.
The drama begins as a fourth member called Go Mi Nam is chosen to join A.N.JELL. Due to a flopped surgery, Mi Nam is unable to join and his twin sister Mi Nyu, who is planning to become a nun, is asked to stand in for her brother until he is able to return.
Initially reluctant, Mi Nyu eventually agrees to the identity switch in the hopes of finding her mother, whom she has never known, through becoming famous and attracting attention. However, since Mi Nyu’s personality seems to clash with lead singer Tae Kyung’s, things don’t work out too well. The task of keeping her true identity hidden from the rest of the band – who are not informed of the situation and therefore think she’s a boy – also proves to be more difficult than she had thought. And what part does model and actress Yoo He Yi, praised by the whole country as “Korea’s national fairy”, play in all of this?
It’s probably becoming obvious that I like to review dramas I loved, as this one is no exception. I had an amazing time watching You’re Beautiful. It makes you laugh and cry, and drags you into the storyline completely. Mi Nyu and Tae Kyung got into so many hilarious arguments that I didn’t believe they could ever work it out. As generally happens in dramas, though, the situation slowly changes.
If I had to complain about something, it would be that I thought the love triangle that forms later on in the story starts to drag a bit after awhile. I don’t know how objective this is since I’m still more used to the 9-to-12-episodes J-drama recipe than the longer Korean ones, though.
All in all, it was refreshing to see a drama that follows the life of a popular band behind-the-scenes. Even though the band doesn’t exist in real life, you start to feel very close to them because you know what they’re like when the cameras are turned off. It’s an uncommon, but very successful setting for a drama. Highly recommended even to people who haven’t watched any K-drama before!